Taken by surprise …..

I had a lovely late afternoon walk yesterday and happened upon an unexpected surprise. Someone had been busy brightening up the world with wonderful woolly fish and flowers, crocheted, felted, fun and fanciful. I would like to share some of these be-beached fishy creatures and flowers……..
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I love the free form crochet but I have not attempted any myself. The thought of some crochet ‘WOOL BOMBING’ in the garden could be fun.
And finally the sun is setting…….
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Good night.

Flowers all the way……

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I love the colours of this yarn. I use it to decorate my hand warmers. I can’t remember what make it is but I think it is called flowers. The wool shop doesn’t stock it any more so I must make the most of it.
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Flowers safely planted……..

Happy hands are warm hands…….

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I have just got in from ‘Les Mis’ and feel quite emotionally drained so have started making hand warmers again. Today I visited the wool shop to get some more yarn. I am using Monsoon, a James Brett yarn (30% wool and 70% acrylic) with a 5 hook and Stylecraft Chunky Harlequin using a 6 hook. I like the rich colour palette and the unpredictability of the colours. I have decided to knit the left and right hand consecutively using two balls. I sometimes despair of having to crochet the other hand! It’s all in the mind as it will still take the same amount of time. I am waiting for the James Brett ‘Passion’ to come in, a lovely chunky yarn, but it has been delayed and I think Spring will be in the air before it arrives. I have an unfinished pair of H/W’s to complete using passion………but the passion may have run out before I get it.
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Roses to reduce stress levels…….

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I made a decision that tonight should be dedicated to crochet and have made two flared roses using Debbie Bliss, ‘Andes’, alpaca and mulberry silk blend. A purple and a grey. Stress free and relaxing to make…… The doily with the little pansies was another charity shop find. DSCF1154
The pale rose is made of bamboo yarn.
As for the collar I have a devised a plan!!
1) Work at the table so that the pattern is easy to follow. (NOT slumped on the sofa!)
2) Concentrate. (DO NOT attempt to watch the television at the same time!)
3) Writing the pattern rows out to gain familiarity with the pattern and make it easier to read at a glance with colour coding for repeated stitches.
This morning I did one complete section of the pattern without a mistake! Only 156 more rows to go……
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Knitted to distraction

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I thought that it would be a good idea tonight to tackle the lace collar that has been driving me to distraction. It is a lovely Debbie Bliss pattern in Rialto Lace, however, I am still struggling to keep the correct number of stitches and to select the correct needle size for the tension to be correct. The recommended size is UK 8, I have tried a UK 12 and it looks neat and closer to the required size, until I made the dreaded mistake, too many stitches!!!! At this stage I got a different colour and decided to go up in needle size to a UK 9. So far I have only got to row 5, I have to count the number of stitches each time, as somehow, from somewhere, they just seem to increase …… I am determined to master this pattern, but maybe not tonight!
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On a lighter note the kitchen table is less chaotic as the hill of woollen offcuts has been bagged and the balls of yarn returned to the stash on the top of the stairs…Goodnight all.

Creating chaos in the kitchen…..

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I will soon be forced to take control and create order. The pile of offcuts from my pom pom hat forms a small hill on the table. It is waiting to be transformed into something. There are small balls of wool waiting to become hearts, a box of felted hearts waiting for flowers and a china bowl with flowers waiting to adorn hearts. Tomorrow I will have to sort out the muddle. I can’t possibly do it tonight as I am making a pin cushion….
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The ‘big one’ reaps rewards……

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Just got in from my walk along the ‘pink prom’ and a jolly coffee in the store and I was pondering the the ‘big one’. By this I mean my extra chunky pom pom hat that I wore on my walk today! I noticed people smiling at me, was it the hat or did I look totally ridiculous? It didn’t matter as it was really lovely to receive the smiles. I also had heartwarming conversations with two people who I had not met before and probably will not meet again. We shared our thoughts and a fragment of the day passed leaving me with a rather a glow. I think I will try the hat again…..
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The Big one…..

The Big one.....

After reading the post about ‘slouchy hats’ i decided to get the big wool out …….. I have a Wendy pattern for a hat made out of ‘thor’ super chunky on size 15mm needles. Here it is on the table so when my tea is brewed I will get started…….result to be posted later.

Rosie cosy just for you…..

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The ‘Rosie Cosy’ is complete with twelve everlasting red roses. I had to motivate myself into a rose making mood and have done a box of extras, waiting in the wings for their debut into the world of yarn two yarn.They are easy too make and I often take little balls of yarn out with me so that I can make a petal string or two. I have decided to try and build up a bank of flowers to adorn items.DSCF0688I
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What a stash ……. !!!

Make a rose
Chain 48, Petals 1 – 3, Miss 3 chain, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 2ch, ss in next ch, repeat two more times, petals 4 – 6, 4ch, 1dtr in each of next 4ch, 3ch, ss in next ch, repeat two more times, petals 7 – 9, 4ch, 1dtr in each of next 6ch, ch3, ss in next chain, repeat two more times and fasten off. Press petals, roll making sure the base is flat and stitch.
HAPPY ROSE MAKING.

Little Hearts

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My latest makes, two little heart pockets. I like making these as they are lovely to hang in the house or put a little gift in. I crochet two hearts and then I needle felt them and add decoration. Small flowers and a ‘with love’ label. The weather is grim here today so making these has reminded me of Spring.

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